I produce all varies of EDM genres, pop and hip-hop instrumentals. The hip-hop instrumentals that I am most experienced in are similar to the styles of Kid Cudi, Mac Miller, and Wiz Khalifa. I mix and master for Hip-Hop, Pop, and EDM clients. I will diligently work on the project until the client is 100% happy with the outcome.
I was classically trained in percussion, which is my favorite part of all productions that I am involved in. In high school, I was in a few garage bands as the drummer, which we played pop-punk and post hardcore. My first piece of production equipment was the original Maschine which I purchased back in 2011. Maschine taught me a lot of the basics and how to make beats in the MPC format, and when I switched over to Ableton, my creativity and skill set sky rocketed.
Every time I am in the studio with an artist, I feel at home. Nothing outside those walls matter, just the song and the artist. There is no stress, just good vibes.
I produce for Hip-Hop, Pop, and EDM artists, as well as my own brand. My music that I typically come up with are chill and spacious, similar to the styles of Kid Cudi and Wiz Khalifa. On the EDM side of the music spectrum, I enjoy working with Trance, House, Bass, and Dubstep.
I am originally from the south, so any projects with southern flare mixed with another genre, I would love to be a part of!
DAW of choice: Ableton
Kid Cudi, Mac Miller, The Beatles, Rezz, Willie Nelson, Deadmau5
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Interview with Devin Sanders
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work I do is mixing and mastering. I enjoy piecing all the sounds together and making them one unified song.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired by the arts of the Mac Miller. There are a bunch of EDM artist that inspire me, but one in particular is Rezz. The way her production sounds while going against the grain is amazing.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For production, I talk to the client about what kind of sound he is going for. After the conversation about the layout, and style I will ask for a few reference tracks. These tracks will be played constantly for my brain to analyze and get an idea of what to make. I will produce three tracks (rough drafts) and see which one that client will like to work with. For clients in the LA area, we will then go to the studio and record. This gives us a chance to dig deeper into what the song will actually sound like. For the mixing, I typically drink some coffee, put on my headphones and start mixing. I've had my quality headphones for a while now and understand them very well. Mastering is done through the headphones as well, but checked on numerous speakers to check for any problems.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring my chill vibe influences and my music knowledge. I have been playing music since 2006 and been in numerous garage bands and started production in 2011. I have listened to a large range of genres from Classical to Pop, Jazz, Country, EDM, Hip-Hop, to Hard-Core. I bring ideas of creativity and understanding when artist want to sound like XYZ but want have influences from another genre.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is probably mixing, because I have read about it, practiced about it, analyze music to understand how commercial songs are mixed, and I enjoy it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My clients are usually in the Hip-Hop or Pop community, but I produce for my own brand in the EDM community doing numerous of genres.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Learn everything about compression cause that is one of the most beneficial tools. You make a song have a pumping feeling, have the vocals be similar levels, and edit sounds to fit a song.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: One of my goals was to work with Mac Miller because he was one of the artists that got me into production and love how he evolved throughout the years. Kid Cudi and Deadmau5 are the two top of the list artists I would love to work with. I have always admired Kid Cudi's work, he changed a scene and evolved. Deadmau5 has so much experience and knowledge that I would love to watch him work and pick his brain.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I have a chill style. Listening to the stoner age of hip-hop (Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Currency, etc.), most of my love of music came from these vibes. These songs take you on a journey with lots of emotion. In my music, I love to set the scene by putting the listener in a certain environment. There are lots of trippy sounds involved in my production and always trying new and interesting techniques to bring something fresh to the table.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started music production in 2011 and then went to college. In 2017, I graduated with degrees in Entrepreneurship and Accounting. A few months before graduating, I decided to do music production and mixing full time. I added mastering to the list in 2018. Through this time, as I was sharpening my skill set, I would freelance data entry jobs, do valet gigs, and anything else that would help me out.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I would figure out if you vibe well with the person. Will they enjoy working for you, or will it just be another task? What kind of ideas can they bring to enhance the songs that are being creative?
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What kind of style are you going after? Who are some of your influences? For the song that we are working on, what is a reference track that is similar and professionally produced, mixed, and mastered?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love creating and music sound amazing. I also like connecting with lots of different creatives and be involved with different genres.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will keep on working out your music until you are happy with how it sounds. If I have to start all over and go another direction, I am willing to.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, I can work anywhere and can produce, mix and master efficiently.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on my own songs, which one is inspired by the movie Sweeney Todd. I just recorded an artist and waiting for the go-ahead on mixing and mastering his two songs.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked with a client from Italy when he visited LA. I recorded, mixed and mastered three of his songs. The thing I enjoyed about it, was the change and evolution of the three songs. His demos were muddy and I pictured he wanted to go a different direction. After diligently working, the songs are supper polished and he found his own unique sound.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Ableton, KRK Rokit 8 Monitors, Native Instruments Audio 6 Interface.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A Grand Piano would be first on the list since playing melodies will keep me from going insane. The Telefunken cu29 would be next so I can record clear vocals in case anyone lands on the island after me. I would of course need some awesome speaker monitors to listen to the music I am producing, so I would choose the Yamaha HS8. Since I would be on the island on there for a while, it will give me time to practice the guitar, I don't know what kind I would want with me but an acoustic would be preferred over electric. And the last piece of gear would be a carillon since they travel so far and sound very pretty.